The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) this week announced that it has awarded $500,000 in grants under the Mobility and Transportation Innovation (MTI) program.
“Innovation like this is essential to meeting the transportation needs of Vermont’s rural population and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” VTrans Public Transit Manager Ross MacDonald said in a statement. “This is another exciting step forward for the diversification of our state’s transportation system.”
The purpose of the MTI program is to incentivize innovative strategies that improve both mobility and access for transit-dependent Vermonters, reduce the use of single-occupancy vehicles for work trips, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The agency received 18 proposals and awarded 13 grants. The program is managed by VTrans’s Public Transit Section and was created by the Legislature with the passage of the 2020 Transportation Bill.
The grants awarded will provide funding for a variety of projects, including the following:
- Extension of existing Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs, such as bike-share, and purchase of electric bicycles
- Creation of new TDM programs such as micro-transit services and car sharing
- Creation of TDM materials and outreach efforts to promote alternative and efficient commuting options and tools, including teleworking resources such as a telework program guide, telework program planning baseline assessment, and telework best practices resources
SOURCE: Vermont Agency of Transportation